Pressure’s on

PRESSURE’S ON…. George W. Bush’s two terms haven’t been successful, but they have been eventful. The president has faced daunting challenges and striking crises, some of his own making.

And given what we’ve seen, statements like these are just painful.

Asked by People magazine what moments from the last eight years he revisited most often, W. talked passionately about the pitch he threw out at the World Series in 2001: “I never felt that anxious any other time during my presidency, curiously enough.”

Specifically, People asked, “Which moments from the last eight years do you revisit most often?” Bush, after talking about meeting with families of fallen soldiers, replied, “I think about throwing out that pitch at the World Series on [Oct. 30] 2001. My heart was racing when I got to the mound. Didn’t want to bounce it. Didn’t want to let the fans down. My heart was pumping so hard, I wasn’t sure if I could lift my arm. I never felt that anxious any other time during my presidency, curiously enough.”

Curiously enough.” Bush knows it’s a bizarre thing to say, but in this case, he was simply telling the truth — when he reflects on his presidency, the real anxiety came when he had to throw a baseball 60 feet.

Not on Sept. 11, not when sending troops into Iraq, not when he was told we might lose an American city to a hurricane. Not when the economy collapsed, not when anthrax starting killing people through the mail, not when he was told about what had happened at Abu Ghraib, not in the midst of crises in Israel, Afghanistan, Georgia, India, North Korea, or Pakistan.

There are a lot of things I’m not going to miss about Bush’s presidency, but these head-shaking comments are certainly high on the list.